CityPASS Offers Two Great Attractions at PIER 39
Touch the Bay exhibit: The magic of San Francisco Bay is literally at your fingertips here. In the touch pools, juvenile bat rays, leopard sharks, big skates and swell sharks await. The curious bat rays are known to pop their heads out of the water to take a closer look at visitors, who are welcome to touch the tips of the rays’ wings to see if they are scaly or smooth.
Under the Bay exhibit: Enjoy a scuba diver’s view of San Francisco Bay — without the scuba gear — in the aquarium’s most iconic exhibit, Under the Bay. In the first of two crystal-clear tunnel tanks, you’ll encounter a dynamic near-shore habitat teeming with swirling schools of anchovies, rainbow rockfish, various shark species, and the giant Pacific octopus, the smartest animal in the bay. The second tunnel introduces guests to the deeper waters of the bay, where five shark species, rays, sturgeon and more soar overhead or nestle on the sandy floor. And no one should miss the mesmerizing jellies, whose 725-gallon cylindrical tank is just inside the exhibit’s entrance. Soft ambient lighting and the jellies' own pulsating propulsion create a zen experience guaranteed to lower blood pressure.
Discover the Bay exhibit: From newly hatched skates to juvenile perch and other fishes, explore underwater newborns in the Discover the Bay area. The area’s other exhibits feature more than a thousand aquatic animals.
The Bay Theater: Included with San Francisco CityPASS admission is one 3-D film in the Bay Theater, which features premier 3-D technology and surround sound.
In addition to the CityPASS option ticket offering the Aquarium of the Bay, a second aquarium is part of the San Francisco CityPASS package. The CityPASS ticket to the California Academy of Sciences includes admission to an aquarium, a planetarium, a rain forest and a natural history museum, all housed under one earth-friendly roof.
CityPASS offers you the choice of a one-hour narrated Bay Cruise Adventure offering fantastic photo opportunities, or a ride on RocketBoat, the fastest and most thrilling ride on the Bay.
Blue & Gold Fleet's one-hour Bay Cruise Adventure offers you breathtaking views sailing underneath the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, around mysterious Alcatraz and past Angel Island. Delight in the boisterous barking of the PIER 39 sea lions as they greet you. Discover points of interest about local landmarks from the expert narration included on each cruise as you sail by. Enjoy unobstructed views of the San Francisco skyline as you move about the boat, featuring indoor and outdoor seating.
Available May to October, RocketBoat is the wildest and fastest thrill ride on the San Francisco Bay. For 30 minutes, you'll be flying across the Bay under the steady hand of a veteran captain with nerves of steel. With epic views and a rock 'n roll soundtrack, don't be surprised if you find yourself coming back for a few more shots of adrenaline.
For more information on the San Francisco CityPASS program and its included attractions, visit CityPASS.com.